cast the first stone

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To act self-righteously in accusing another person, believing that one is blameless.

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  • From the Bible John 8.7 where Jesus tells the accusers of a woman of adultery, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'cast the first stone':

Cast the First StoneTo be first to blame or criticize someone, to lead the scolding over offender
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